The Morning Newsâ€”Melanie Moore
Children in the preschool program at the Blackfoot Community Center play a game Wednesday morning. The Community Center has received grant funds that will help provide scholarships to allow children to attend preschool at the center.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Community Center has received two grants to allow children of the most financially challenged families to attend its early childhood education program.
The first is a grant for $2,500 from the Kissler Family Foundation Philanthropic Gift Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation. The second is a grant for $1,000 from the Jane Sandy Fund and the Idaho Community Foundation Youth Trust Fund.
The funds will be used to provide 50 percent scholarships to children whose families may not be able to afford an early education or preschool program, said Ashlee Howell, director of the Blackfoot Community Center.
"We do have openings available," Howell said. "We're trying to find those families that can't afford other options."
Howell said the Community Center staff are strong believers in early childhood education and wants to ensure that all children have the opportunity to begin learning at an early age.
The Community Center's L.E.A.P. Frog program (literacy, education and arts preschool) runs Tuesday-Thursday mornings for children at least four years old. The monthly tuition cost is $70 for full-pay or $45 for co-op pay. There is also a program for children who are three years old. The preschool accepts applicants from all financial backgrounds.
For more information about the preschool program or scholarships available, contact the Community Center at 785-8022.